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I payed a visit to several Steelers fan forums, to get a pulse on how confident their fan base is headed into this Jets@Pit game on Sunday...
... not very confident... at all.
On one forum almost half of them predicted a Jets win. Keep in mind Tebow still scares those fans, so I imagine their team will game plan for him a lot, regardless of how much we will or will not use him.
A lotta them consider this to be a real bad match up for them, due in part to injuries and also to a new improved Sanchez vs their "Swiss cheese" secondary. Makes for some interesting reading. Here is one example of many...
Last edited by MadCroatian; 09-13-2012 at 05:18 PM.
Big Ben gets away from any pass rush a lot of the time. This is the biggest key to this game and beating the Steelers, getting him on the ground when you get your hands on him. Much easier said than done.
http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...burgh-steelersLandry and Bell are "like predators back there," DeVito said. "They're flying all over the place. They're violent. That's intimidating for the other team. I'd hate to be on the other side of the ball, with those guys flying around.
Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who played with the Jets from 2004-10, said the biggest difference in the current defense and previous versions is Landry stalking the middle of the field.
"He's a physical presence," Cotchery said. "You have to find him, and it's been awhile (since I've seen that on the Jets)."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin agreed, saying Landry "brings an awesome demeanor to their defense ... I think personalities like his, from a football standpoint, bleed over to others. I think it's an inspiring thing."
Reading that... we need to lock up Landry!
Honestly though, I see Mayhem being a difference maker in this game. Ben is going to do what he does, and holding the ball trying to make a play is going to come back to bite him at least once in this one.
What makes Big Ben special is much clearer to see from the stands. I was at the AFCCG a couple of years ago. Ben did not play particularly well. However, BB has eyes in the back of his head. He feels the pressure, is mobile enough to avoid rushers, and strong enough to shrug them off. Time after time the Jets collapsed the pocket around him but he would freeze them with a pump fake, make a quick side-step, and spin away from the traffic. Eyes in the back of his watermelon-sized head.... If Revis doesn't play, the Jets will have no answer for the speedy Pittsburgh receiving trio and Ben extending the play. If Revis does play, the Jets may start 2-0.
But it's not just Coples, there's a few others:
Kenrick Ellis - We should be able to see this guy at his best very soon. He's as ready to play as he's ever going to be. I'm not going to say he's going to be our leading sacker. But I do believe he has 3 to 5 sacks in him despite dealing with constant double teams.
Aaron Maybin - This guy can still fly to the QB even though he added about 15 pounds during the offseason. It was very nice to see last Sunday that the weight hasn't affected his speed.
Calvin Pace - Can this guy rebound from a few bad years? He used to be a perfect edge rushing LB for us. Somehow he hasn't been that for us the last couple of seasons. He looked IMO last Sunday. Maybe the addition of others demanding more attention has allowed Pace to move more freely? I think he's good for about 6 to 8 sacks.
Jets have the personnel to beat Pitt in their backyard. The only thing is to have the right gameplan (check Sparano, and check Ryan). We've always had the D but the O gameplan not always. Looking at you Shoddy.
The only thing left is to execute. Sanchize and others will have to rise to the occassion. If Pouha and Revis are both healthy and available, then it makes the Jets' job that much easier.
I think we can get to Ben if the DL plays at a high level, but the tough part will be bringing him down, Ben is built like a Mac truck.....